Pushing the Envelope of Advanced Diagnostics at Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC)


David Moore


Sandia National Laboratories


Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 11:00:00 AM   


MRDC Building, Room 4211


Christopher Saldana


Sandia National Laboratories has a long-term relationship with the United States Government as a (FFRDC) for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Sandia maintains advanced research capabilities in computational simulation, environmental testing, inertial confinement fusion science, high performance computing and material science. These focus areas are the backbone of the Advanced Science and Technology Division. The unique capability within these organizations is to create an environment that supports several fields of scientific expertise. Sandia also provides long-term support and solutions to existing national problems as well as offers quick-response capabilities and diagnostic solutions. The Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) department is one key element to the division success. This talk will present a background on Sandia research efforts that aid in solving emerging national challenges; how innovating and discovering new technologies are cultivated and where NDE is used to provide diagnostic data that directly support Sandia mission areas. This presentation will also provide ideas to where students and professors can work with national laboratories. Several projects will be discussed and expanded during the presentation.


David Moore is responsible for organizing and maintaining Sandia's involvement in multilaboratory research activities with the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Additive Manufacturing Component Development Program. Mr. Moore is currently working in the Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Department 01529 in ultrasonic, infrared, computed tomography, and advanced non-invasive technologies. He is currently leading a multi-discipline team in the qualification activities of the additive manufacturing process for a direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) power bed fusion machine. This multi-site, multimillion-dollar, cross organization program interfaces directly with the NNSA Deputy Director. He served as the principal investigator between Sandia and the United States Council for Automotive Research, Low Emissions Partnership, in the area of Advanced Technologies for Manufacturing Process Monitoring/Control and Accelerated Product Development. This successful project developed a nondestructive inspection on adhesive bonds in automotive metal/metal joints. His team was awarded two patents for their efforts. David received an additional patent in 2014 and was a recipient of a Sandia 2017 Innovation award for requalifying components for a air delivery system. Prior to working in advanced diagnostics, David spent more than ten years as a NDE engineer in the Airworthiness Assurance Nondestructive Inspection Validation Center (AANC) where he directed national research programs in Pulsed Eddy Current, Liquid Penetrant, and Wide Spread Fatigue in Lap Joints for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He was also a valued committee member for three National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) crash investigations. Before working at Sandia National Laboratories, David spent ten years in the Nondestructive Inspection and Environmental Testing group at the Bendix - Kansas City Plant. He received his Masters degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri Columbia and his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri Rolla.